Here are some things to ponder from Sarah's article:
Does the Bible say that Christians are to submit to one another? (answer: yes)Has your interest been piqued yet? I hope so. It would be worth your while to read the rest of Sarah's article.
Does the Bible say wives should submit to their husbands? (answer: yes)
Does the Bible say that husbands should submit to their wives? (answer: not explicitly)
Does the Bible say that a husband is the "head" of his home? (answer: no)
Does the Bible say that a husband is the "head" of his wife? (answer: yes)
Does the Bible say that husbands should "lead" their wives? (answer: no)
But I want to include Sarah's conclusion here. It expresses what I feel also:
In many ways, we in conservative churches stand at odds with one another not over a matter of orthodoxy or salvation, but rather because we sharply disagree on where a certain paragraph begins. Whereas egalitarians usually say the paragraph on marriage begins with Ephesians 5:21, complementarians usually say that it begins with Ephesians 5:22.Is every word in the Bible important as we translate? Absolutely. But let's be sure we are translating what the Bible actually says and not what we think it says. The shoe should fit all the way around, no matter what side anyone is on in any debate about the Bible or translation of the Bible. If we translate the meaning of the original biblical texts, we will produce better Bibles.
It's important to identify where the paragraph begins. But it's much more important for us as members of Christ to respect those who contend for an opposing position, especially since the answer is unknown. Rather than accusing one another or holding one another in suspicion for reading the same Bible slightly differently, we could be striving for unity. After all, it's not liberal to insist that Ephesians 5:21 informs Ephesians 5:22. Nor is it unscholarly to insist that the paragraph on marriage begins with verse 22. It's not heretical to begin with either verse.
It's important, even critical, to be accurate. We are held responsible to handle the Word accurately and to discern the proper meaning of every principle and practice the Bible teaches. But a minor discrepancy such as this one shouldn't be so divisive. We all agree that Christ belongs at the center of every marriage.
Categories: Bible translation, Sarah Sumner, translation accuracy, complementarian, egalitarian